OBITUARY

Mary L. Plante

August 3, 1934April 20, 2020
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***UPDATE***

We will be having a Celebration of life/Birthday party for Mary on August 1st, 2020 at Dorsey E. Earl Smith Funeral Home. The celebration will be from 2-5 pm and we ask that you come ready with your favorite Mary stories!

Plante, Mary (Rachac) August 3, 1934 – April 20, 2020

Monday, April 20, 2020, Mary Ludmilla Plante did a polka dance thru the gates of heaven joining her beloved husband, Tom. Mary was 85 years young and had been battling kidney disease and other health issues for several years. She never let that decrease her zest for life. She was born August 3, 1934 to William F. and Julia (Daleiden) Rachac in New Prague, Minnesota. With her father in the Navy, she spent part of her childhood in San Diego, CA, and Washington DC. When living in New Prague, Mary attended grade school at St. Wenceslaus Catholic School and then went to the all-girls school of Villa Maria Academy in Frontenac, MN for her high school years. She was involved in many sports and other activities and graduated as salutatorian of her class. She earned her RN degree at St. Catherine’s University in Minnesota. After starting her career, she met the love of her life, Thomas Plante, when he was a patient under her care. They married in 1955, lived in Minneapolis, MN and started a family within a year. Her first 3 children followed in rapid succession and she dedicated herself to her greatest career of motherhood. In 1959, Honeywell transferred Tom to Florida and they continued their life adventures in the Sunshine state. There they completed their family with 3 more offspring. While raising 6 children, Mary volunteered at our schools and around the village and, as if 6 was not enough, took care of other children after school. During elections, she was a poll worker, and took on many other small jobs throughout her life. She went back to college and earned a degree in special education to begin a 13-year teaching career where she inspired even more children to do their best and strive for their goals. The ‘newlywed for life’ couple loved to travel, and when their offspring flew the nest, they would take off to visit family and friends and explore the country. When her ‘boyfriend’, as she loved to call dad, passed away in 1999, she went to work for Dorsey Funeral Home as a greeter, comforting those going through the heartbreak she felt and making many friends with her cheerful disposition and comforting presence. She was a part of their staff for 11 years. She continued her travels as long as her health allowed and volunteered at the Lake Worth Playhouse as an usher to occupy her time. She was creative and loved to do various crafts, dabbling in stained glass, mosaics, knitting and crocheting and enjoyed playing cards. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, William Rachac, Jr. She will be deeply missed by those left behind, including her brother John (Shari) Rachac, her children Michael (Cathy) Plante, Matthew (Patricia) Plante, Corinne (Rick) Dorey, Gregory (Theresa) Plante, Margaret Rodweller, Christopher Plante, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a myriad of nieces, nephews relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in the name of Mary Plante to USO or Trustbridge Hospice. There will be visitation on Friday, May 8th from 4 – 8 pm at Dorsey – E. Earl Smith Funeral Home in Lake Worth. The Mass celebrating her life will be held at 10 am May 9th, 2020 at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, FL.

***UPDATE***

We will be having a Celebration of life/Birthday party for Mary on August 1st, 2020 at Dorsey E. Earl Smith Funeral Home. The celebration will be from 2-5 pm and we ask that you come ready with your favorite Mary stories!

Additional Trustbridge donation information: Reference Mary Plante (the Sunshine team) Trustbridge foundation.org 561-494-6887 or 877-494-6890 Trustbridge/Hospice Foundation 5300 East Ave. WPB, FL 33407

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

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Mary Beth Ineson

August 3, 2020

How do I wrap 60 years into a single memory? All through my childhood, through the teen years when Corinne and I were starting dating (not each other!) and so many Christmases with her and Tom getting together with my parents. I also can’t forget the bridge games with the Nugent and the Journeys. She always had a beautiful smile! I still make her mother, Grandma Rachac’s bread dough into kolackys and rolls every year. Thank you, Aunt Mary, for bein* such a special person in my life. I love you and miss you. I am so happy I was able to see you recently and share some more special memories.

Shenika Davis

July 30, 2020

Ms. Mary will never be forgotten! Her smile and Big heart was priceless! I always learned something when I visited her. Her love for God, her family and music will be long lasting memories that will keep me always smiling for days, months and years to come! Thank you Ms. Mary and your beautiful family for welcoming me into your into your home and serve you with music. I'm SO glad I kept you! 😉💖

Vishesh Pathak

July 26, 2020

Mary was one of my most special patients. In the face of the most trying circumstances she always smiled and remained positive. That is how I will always remember her.

FRANCISCO JAVIER

May 7, 2020

IIt was summer 2003 when I met her and I was lucky to have the chance to share many summers with you and your amazing family. And I have to confess I consider you part of my family.
I never forget some special moments like when she was waiting for us at the aiport, or playing staying alive, nice chats...
And how to forget her prayers for my daughter Maria...I know much of her recovery are your prayers. Mary thank you for everything, I know you are praying for us in Heaven and dancing with husband.
Many of the students and the chaperones are very sad. Our exchange program lost one of its member.
Corky, Rick, Nick and Jason: my condolences for you loss and you are lucky because you have a good legacy from Mary.
Lucia, Javier, our spanish students, Mela, Juan Bautista, Nacho and Jesus..

Vanessa Cox

May 5, 2020

When my daughter was in third grade at Kirklane, she came home one day and announced that she was Learning Disabled. This went on for several days, each time with me explaining why she was not. Finally, I insisted she tell me why she was so determined. She said that she could then be in Mrs. Plante’s class! She was an amazing person!

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